Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 3 – Episode 51 – Pronunciation/Speaking Skills – Content Words

"Content" words carry the most meaning in a sentence so receive more stress. They include questions words, nouns, most verbs, adjectives, adverbs, and negative auxiliary verbs (don't, won't, hasn't, etc). "Function" words give a sentence its grammatically correct form. They carry little meaning so are unstressed. They include articles, pronouns, prepositions, conjunctions, the verb be,... Continue Reading →

Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 3 – Episode 21 – Pronunciation – Two-Syllable Stressing

Happy Monday and welcome back! It's time for some more pronunciation! English word stress is variable.  Sometimes it is hard to know which syllable to stress.  Fortunately, there are general rules that can help. About 90% of two-syllable nouns have first-syllable stress: problem, freedom, baggage. Most two-syllable names also have first-syllable stress: David, Justin, Sarah,... Continue Reading →

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